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Prison Staff in Iceland Exhausted

Director of the State Prison Administration Páll Winkel said prison staff is exhausted with the constant increase in number of suspects in custody—in already crowded prisons—due to the current extensive investigation on human trafficking.

Iceland’s maximum security prison, Litla-Hraun. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Nine suspects are currently in custody, three of whom where sentenced to custody by the Reykjanes District Court yesterday. “It is a terrible situation,” Winkel told Fréttabladid. “This development is sudden and unforeseeable and the situation might continue to worsen.”

Winkel said the only solution is to keep prisoners in custody at police stations if no action is taken. “If nothing is done in custody and solitary confinement matters, it is clear that the situation will be too much to handle. It is neither acceptable for staff nor prisoners.”

The ongoing prison housing crisis in Iceland made the headlines last month.

Click here to read more about that story and here to read more about the human trafficking investigation.

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